New Plymouth Brings Light to Ontario Prison

May 01, 2006 | Scott Rice

The words of Hebrews 13:3 (NIV), “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering,” are being put into action by volunteers from the 40-member New Plymouth (Idaho) Church.

The New Plymouth volunteers spend each Sabbath afternoon and Wednesday night sharing the message of God’s love with the inmates of the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario, Ore., through in-depth Bible study, prayer and singing. Inmates are welcomed into God’s family with kindness and forgiveness.

The church also provides the inmates with a Seminars Unlimited KJV Bible, Daniel and Revelation seminar materials, Steps to Christ, Christ’s Object Lessons, and the adult Sabbath School quarterlies, all free of charge. The volunteers only ask that the inmates to invite others.

Recently members of the Forest Grove, Tabernacle and Beaverton churches in the Portland area donated brand-new hymnals for the inmates to use.

Thirteen inmates were baptized in October and now share the good news of Christ’s gift of salvation with other inmates. Though some of those baptized were prior members, most of those baptized are new to the church.